See how much your website is going to cost you if you DIY

See how much your website is going to cost you if you DIY

Are you a DIYer looking to build your own custom website?

Deciding which type of business website is right for you is the hardest choice.  You discover since most custom website builders are limited on design and functionality, you need a custom website.  It is important that you remember, there are other recommend services you need for your online business success but for today, let’s just get started on a DIY Custom Website.  You can add the extras as you grow.

You have probably learned websites require continuum services, either monthly or yearly. We will use yearly fees to keep things easy.  Many providers do offer monthly plans if your getting started budget is limited.

 

DIY Custom Website Cost:

DIY Website Costs

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As you can see, the cost to DIY your custom website is more affordable than you think

Word Press offers many free templates for you to custom build your site, so you could start for as little as $16.  Free templates, just as with some website builders, do limit design and functionality. So, the best solution for this is a custom word press theme.  According to BuiltWith.com Divi is the world’s most popular custom WP theme, especially for business websites.

 

Then it hits you – You don’t know how to code a custom website!

No worries! Divi has a drag and drop visual web page builder.  There are also hundreds of free pre-made layouts and customization plugins as well. With the power of Divi, Google and YouTube, building a custom website has become so much easier for even the most not-so-tech-savy DIYer.
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With the versatility of Divi you can change your complete website or just the colors in a couple clicks of a button.  The Divi subscript
ion also includes the pro version of Boom and Monarch. With Boom you can create customized popups and optins, eliminating the need for an additional landing page service. Divi overview-middleMonarch is the top social media sharing plug in on Word Press.  It’s easy integration and design layouts means more shares and more followers.

All in all, Divi gives you the ability to DIY your own custom website that will provide you and your visitors a fabulous experience at an extremely affordable price. So now you know much your website is going to cost you if you DIY.

 

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What Services do You Need for Your Online Business Success

What Services do You Need for Your Online Business Success

Services I recommend for your online business success

I receive emails and instant messages daily about what services I have used and recommend for my online business success.  Many times the sales pages on the website is either confusing or maybe even overselling services.  I have helped so many untangle the mess created by some services. Therefore, I wanted to take a few minutes to discuss services that I recommend, use and why.

I hope you have read the articles How to Get Your Business Started Online  and Which Type of Business Website is Right for You. If so then you too are probably wondering the same thing that I am asked daily. What do I use or recommend for online business success?  Now if you haven’t read those, take a few minutes to read them so you know which steps to do first.

Domain Providers & Hosting Services for your online business success

Many services offer both domain purchasing and hosting all on the same accounts. Hosting is different than purchasing your domain.  Sometimes it appears to be on the same account, yet you have separate log-ins for different areas.  Just as confusing for newbies is to have two separate companies for those services. It will get easier and your web-designer can help you. Keep this in mind, there company you purchase a domain name or hosting services may vary also by the country you live in so.

  • For Domain purchases,

    I prefer 1&1.com. Prices start as little as .99 first year but all domains and future years privacy registration is included in their fee at no additional charge.  This can save you $10-15 per domain, per year.  If you are new, you will not even realize this until you check out only to see the up-sell.  Also included is one free email per domain even if not hosted with them.  This will allow you to use other types of services but still have access to your domain email.  They have a hosting package as well, although I use a different one discussed next.  However, domain hosting for .99 month is pretty eye catching for the wallet when starting out.

  • I host most my domains

    with HostGator.  You can also purchase your domain through them.  Hostgator’s  dependability and customer service is top notch!  The technical and customer service staff is wonderful, usually going above and beyond to get things done for you. Support site is separate from the control panel and sometimes offers confusion but they are a phone call away.  I LOVE the free dedicated SSL for businesses! Have you seen prices for SSL, this can save you hundreds each year!  HostGator also offers unlimited add on domains saving even more in hosting.  Therefore, you can host ALL your domains for one low price.

  • Go Daddy

    is the World’s largest registar!  They too offer hosting services.   I personally think HostGator has them beat in customer service, although I am a pro advisor with GoDaddy.  On the flip side of that, with Go Daddy as large as they are, many hosting services have simplistic methods for Go Daddy domains.  Probably one of the most popular but I didn’t care for the customer service.  Also another note would be the transferring, verifying and even paying your fees can render you a lost domain.  Nightmare story! Other popular registrars through out the world are NameCheap & BlueHost. for those in a country where the above services are not offered.

Auto-responder Services for your online business success

Now that your site is set up. It’s time to grow your email list.  Now, when I set up websites, I do this at the same time.  Some use the contact form plug in provided with their domain host or word press until they are ready to start frequent marketing.  Either way is fine, it’s all about your preferences for your online business success.

  • MailChimp offers a free subscription service up to 2000 list members.  It allows you to send up to 12,000 emails out each month as well.  However, statics and fancy services are limited in the free version.   They offer a premium package but I prefer others for the Premium level. I used this one to start and still do for some lists. If you started your website with Wix or a similar service, you can use their system as well.  The free services like those will be limit 3-5 emails per month for free.
  • Get Response is my preferred auto responder service. I converted from Aweber and MailChimp.  Many free features in their basic plan that other responder systems charge for. So now Get Response includes the new email automation system. This means your emails are sent based on subscriber actions much like the infamous Infusion Soft at a fraction of the price.
  • Aweber I liked Aweber and actually only changed due to the JV_Zoo program.  I have heard others say both good and bad.  Like with Get Response there is a 30 day free trial.
  • Constant Contact, I Contact, Infusion Soft, Sales Force and so many more… I will continue to update this section for you as each business has different needs.
  • Full Service with Private CRM’s – Yes, there are even all in one services that can provide you not only sales pages, opt-in forms,  funnel building and even a custom auto-responder. There are dozens of systems, like this all with different features.
  • Mobile Marketing systems – you have seen them everywhere text WORD to #### for info. There are many, some are junk, some are so expensive you need a marketing budget of Walmart but I found a good one that I absolutely love! Now, most of the affordable mobile marketing systems will still connect to your existing email marketing system.

A few of the systems I use in my 25 Yrs of online business success

  • LeadPages – I can not tell you how much time this has saved me!  Dozens and Dozens of high converting templates, advertising boxes, custom ad links and mobile marketing all built into the same program.  If you are like me, and actually use the same or similar template across different websites, the free WP app makes it replicatable in a matter of seconds!  You don’t even need your own website! 30 Day trial and hours of free training!
  • Private CRM, MLSP – Only been a member for a few months and already boosting leads, opt-ins and sales! EVERYTHING you need from affiliate products to promoting your business opportunity instantly upon opt-in. Make money off the pro’s while you build your business or MLM.  Products, blogs, articles, free things to give away, your own websites, built in sales funnel and auto-responders It’s an all in one package and can be customized for any business or MLM as you grow.  Take the 10 Day test run if you don’t believe me, watch your opt-ins, leads and conversions SOAR!
  • Mobile Texting – Aside from live video feed like with Periscope, mobile marketing is absolutely the strongest and easiest form of building your list and generating more leads and conversions.  I have seen many of these systems at outrageous set up fees and monthly fees.  This one offers a one time fee and a one time FREE bulk of texts and voice messages to an unlimited keyword list. Be sure to ask me about getting 1000 FREE texts and 250 voice minutes just for using my link!
  • Social Media Management – we will dive deeper into this in a future post, but many are asking so I thought I would include it for you here.  Our busy schedules often make it hard to post to our social media platforms consistently.  I have used many systems for SMM and other than an outside company management I have stuck with two primary DIY Managers. HootSuite Pro is my favorite.  It offers the most bang for your buck in the number of feeds you can have, suggested articles to share and overall analysis.  Buffer, like Hootsuite offers a limited free version as well as upgrade plans for more flexibility.

I hope this helps you the best services for your online business success. Drop me a comment and let me know. Caring is sharing, share this to Facebook and help another friend.

Sherri BW

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What You Need to Know About Credit Card Acceptance

What You Need to Know About Credit Card Acceptance

Credit Card Acceptance in our evolving cashless society

Credit card acceptance can be so mind blowing today with all the companies and all the new rules!  Do you accept credit cards in your business yet?  Are you confused about how to start accepting credit cards for your business?

Consumers around the world love plastic!  In fact, credit card transactions account for 89% of purchases made in the UK, with 76% made online! American’s statics are very similar.  Per the Federal Reserve, the US debit and credit card transactions account for 5.72 Trillion dollars in 2015.

I have been an entrepreneur for more than 25 years, back in the day when not many business even accepted credit cards.  In 1997 I launched my first website with an online payment processer known then as X.com. PayPal purchased the company in 2000.  Back then, it was hard to find a credit card processor,  much less a merchant account for online transactions.

Today, accepting credit cards is vital for any business; online or physical, B2B or B2C. However, with so many new regulations from customer service to integration to payment security there are many things for business owners to consider.  There are thousands of credit card processing companies.  There are also a bunch of well, rather inconspicuous companies claiming to be valid…

YIKES – That’s scary!

Credit Card Acceptance Checklist

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As an entrepreneur, I understand how scary all this can be.  I know it is important to determine what is best for you and your business.  To help you learn more about credit card acceptance, our friends over at BluePay have provided us with a comprehensive checklist to share with you.  Feel free to print it and share it as well.

Nearly 90% of all transactions are made with credit and debit cards. Thus it is essential for you to learn more on implementing into your business. Our world is becoming a cashless society, therefore you should be ready!

I hope this helps you understand credit card acceptance in your business. Drop me a comment and let me know. Caring is sharing, share this to Facebook and help another friend.

Sherri BW

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Should you use Employee Time Tracking Software

Should you use Employee Time Tracking Software

If you have ever wondered what your employees or freelancers are really doing when you are not piercing over their shoulders you might consider  employee time tracking software. 

What are your employees doing? Are they browsing their Facebook feed or surfing Pinterest for dinner ideas? Maybe they are just sitting there looking busy; are they being productive? Or what if they are working for someone else while you are footing the bill!

I had a brand-new team of virtual assistants that worked across the world while I slept when I was first introduced to Screenshot Monitor.  I was urged very strongly to use the software so I could make certain they were working for me while they billed me for their time.  So, during the replacement period for the new hires if I saw they were not doing as instructed, I could just share the screenshot report and get a replacement free of charge.

I paid top dollar for a company to find these personal VA’s; my thought was “they better be working on my things if I am paying them!” To take full advantage of my free replacement period, I signed up for the free trial so I could see as many details as I could.  (There is a completely free version too!)  To be honest, I found it intrusive and was going to cancel it after the trail.

 

That is until I discovered what else it could do!

Instant Financial Snapshot

No more guessing how much your payroll bill will be!  Right on your home page screen you can see instantly how much your payroll is in real time. You can also see who is working right now as well as the day before, all week or even all month!

To sweeten the software, you can create a time report to bill your clients, compare with your bill your VA’s bill you or the amount to pay them if you pay directly.  I have found the reports section very time saving as well as trust building.  Now when I bill a client for time worked, I have the screenshot report to share with them. It shows what we worked on, when we worked on it and how much time we spent on it for the billing period.

Instant Project Overview

The simple report tab can also produce an instant project overview.  This has been vital in shifting our non-revenue generating time to revenue producing time.  The cost effectiveness to this is that I see it in real time.  No more waiting for six months wondering why revenue decreased. This single snapshot report will allow you to identify and correct non-revenue time.

Screenshot monitor LongIncreased Productivity

Red means STOP, it symbolizes danger. Orange is another very strong warning indicator that something is just not right.  Aside from making sure they are working, when I discovered the productive monitor I could easily spot problems.  I saw red and orange, oh yes it does give you percentages too but the red and orange colors stand out boldly.  So are they daydreaming?  Are they playing on their phone? Did the doorbell ring and they leave my time running?

I could immediately in fact, address this low productivity and ask them why activity was low.  My crew was not daydreaming, they were confused about the task.  Since their culture is not to offend, they do not ask typically questions. They did not ask for further clarification for fear of offending me.  I was able to provide further instruction and immediately saw an increase in productivity time. After all, thirty minutes of productive work is far better than half a day of nonproductive.

Decreased re-work

Increasing productivity was fantastic but the ability to view in real time what they are working on has decreased our re-work 10 fold.  Since we use Trello for our project management software, sometimes it’s assumed all is well when instruction is provided there in detail.   Well, guess again lol.

I’ve been guilty of putting the wrong link in project description.  Another scenario is instruction dictates changes to a certain page.  Well, since my hands are on all projects, I may make duplicate pages, each being a little different to determine which I prefer.

The screenshots provide a quick look of thumbnails as you can see in some of the above images.  This allows me to instantly see what they are working on.  If they are on the wrong page to edit.  If they are in the wrong account managing comments. Or even simply seeing colors that I know will not work; I’m able to halt and re-direct immediately instead of seeing after complete only to re-do.

So the question was “Should You Use Employee Time Tracking Software”?

Honestly, I felt spying on employees and my VA’s was intrusive at first thought.  Screenshot Monitor has save me valuable time and precious resources.  Rather you chose to use employee time tracking software to ensure you are getting what you are paying for, to provide a trust factor for billing your clients or as a money saving application, I highly recommend Screenshot Monitor.

These are the common reasons services like Upwork use time tracking software.
However, what if you are not using these services? Can you be assured you are paying what is deserved? Do you have a way to provide the assurity to your clients? Do you have thousands to re-create this type of service so you can use it? I didn’t but I wanted the service and Screenshot Monitor provides it all!

Sherri BW

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Do You Know Which Type of Business Website is Right for You?

Do You Know Which Type of Business Website is Right for You?

Do you know the 3 types of business websites?

Your right, you need a business website.  You have stumbled upon the top reasons you need a website for your business.  You decide now you are ready for your own business website. Next you probably did a google search for Build a Website and choked with over a billion results.

So where on earth do you start?

There are three basic models, types, styles or formats if you will for a business website.  You will see each broken down for you below.  All three models have both pros and cons. You should become familiar with each so you can choose the best format for your business website.

To help illustrate, let’s use building a house to help you understand what to look for a little better.  You wake up in the morning and decide you want a new house. Like a house, there are many ways you can achieve your new website for your business. This will discuss the actual type. Within each type, you can choose to build a blog, an eCommerce site, or just a simple website about your business services to gather leads.

The Free or Cheap Business Website:

You have probably seen the TV commercials for these two, top ranked free website builders.    They are Wix and Weebly and share the same pros and cons.  Their advertisements show a couple clicks and you will be driving traffic to your new business website. There are a couple more website building platforms rising in the ranks. They are WebSiteBuilder and SiteBuilder. They are two separate custom built websites, each with a different look and feel but are actually the same company.

Pros to Free Website Builders-

  • To start with, It’s fast.
  • It’s pretty economical too,
  • In all honesty, most look really nice,
  • Great for non-techy people and
  • Probably the best of all, It’s very hard to mess it up

Cons to Free Website Builders–

  • It’s more like a condo than a house – you share the address with everyone else
  • You have limits on what you can do and how big you can get. As you grow, you will outgrow the website with the only option to build another or move it, which can be just as hard as starting over.
  • There are many hidden fees – As with homeowner association fees, there’s always fees to pay that are not so obvious up front.
  • The more customized you want it, however, the more expensive it is.
  • Customization are usually just cosmetic: Which side the garage is on, what colors in each room, and perhaps how many bedrooms and bathrooms.

 

Rent a Business Website:

Renting business website space is much like renting a house, or even your leasing your physical store space.  As such, the higher your rent the nicer your space. For those that sign long term leases, you can have it built to your needs.  Marketers call these mirror sites and mass production duplicate sites. Which Type of Business Website is Right for You

An example I am sure you have see often is a google search of product or service reviews. You chose one, usually the first or second top review contain links to a private domain to purchase it.  All the others link to maybe amazon or may not link at all.

Another example of a mirror website

Is a custom built website such as  WebSiteBuilder and SiteBuilder mentioned above.   The Google search results show two separate website builder services.  They provide the same service on the back end, unbeknownst to the viewer.  However, these are full custom sites, not your low cost duplicated websites many local SEO strategy companies offer.

Be careful though if you are looking for a local SEO strategy company. The fancy words like Micro Location Marketing, Proximity Marketing and Inbound Marketing SEO are commonly used to attract and impress you. In a nutshell, it means you have a very specific local market to target and are looking to do so by internet and social media.

Pros for Renting a Business Website–

  • Superb for the non technical person.
  • Someone does everything for you, of course, saving you time.
  • Most services are economical in the short run.Remove featured image
  • Great for a temporary situation.
  • Normally starts at a low affordable fee that sounds very attractive.
  • As a matter of fact, it is a nice way to test your market.
  • Likewise, it’s a great way to target local markets. If you chose the right company, you can dominate your target market.
  • These type sites are very popular and useful for local professionals.
  • Nice way to drive traffic to your main domain without bogging down the server.

Cons for Renting a Business Website–

  • It’s never ever yours. The mailbox may have your name on it, but the day you don’t pay rent is the day you are evicted.
  • It will look just like all others in the neighborhood (online) but with more limitations.
  • You are normally limited on space, only having 3-5 pages and a low bandwidth for traffic.
  • For those starting out, do you even have website or affiliate links to drive the traffic to.
  • You are also, normally in a contract from 6 months to a full year.
  • Once you start expanding the website to fit your growing needs, the prices go up drastically.
  • When you decide to build it better, you must start completely over from scratch.
  • Most of the time, when you stop or cancel the service, you also have to edit all your inbound accounts with the new info.

Your Own Customized Business Website:

You want full control, you need several bells and whistles and a style all your own. Yep just like your own house, built the way you want it.  This is a customized business website – want one free? There’s so much more that goes into your own customized website, likewise with building your own house.  If you in this for the long haul, this is the option I recommend.

Pros to Your Own Customized Business Website-

  • It’s all yours, it can grow with you as you grow,
  • You can have as many customized options you want,
  • It’s different from everyone else’s
  • In the long run, if you are willing to work it, it’s well worth every one of the Con’s.

Cons to Your Own Customized Business Website–

  • You must decide where to build (a CMS – html, WordPress, Tumblr, Joomla) Kiss Metrics has even more platforms listed here.
  • Furthermore, you need to buy the property (your domain name and hosting service)
  • Next, you will need to buy all the necessary permits (plugins, templates, software programs, eCommerce solutions)
  • You may choose to buy a design, either completely custom or one you can modify (WordPress Template)
  • In addition to those, you may need to hire a builder or you can build it yourself.
  • Then you start planning and purchasing the individual components that need. (Like Graphics)

Time to Decide:Which website is right for you?

I hope this article helps you determine which style of business website is best for you. Remember, you can always expand if your platform is solid. From years of experience and re-work, I can honestly say, get what you need for the long run so your business can be as successful as you would like it to be.

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Free Keyword Research Tools for SEO

Free Keyword Research Tools for SEO

How is your website ranking? Are you lacking SEO or keyword research skills? Here are some free and easy keyword research tools to boost your SEO and help you get ranked!

Unless you are willing to “pay to play”, your website needs to ranking pretty high in the search results for your chosen keywords. This will provide you with organic reach. Others find your blog articles, they read, they like, they comment and they share. However, you have to be among the top results.  These easy SEO keyword research tools will help you. You may be familiar with a couple of these 5 easy tools, but may not be sure how or why to use them.

So let’s dig in and get started.  Think about your topic and write it down. Before you write any copy, go through the steps in the easy SEO tools. This will even help you write the blog article!  Now, you may need set up a couple of these accounts, but it’s well worth it I promise you. I have other articles that go into each of these free SEO keyword research tools, and of course Google and YouTube work very well.

Google Keyword Planner

How did you guess!  Yes the number one place to start is with Google’s Keyword Planner. Remember I said to start with your topic. Not your title, but a simple topic you wish to rank on. Using this article as an example, the general topic was “seo keyword tools”. Notice I didn’t use a single word like SEO or Keyword which turned an outlandish result. I also searched “keyword research seo tools”  and “seo keyword research tools” with similar results.

Now the results and what they mean for you: Google shows 100-1,000 searches per month for the term “seo keyword tools”. If I were paying to play and chose to do a PPC, my suggested bid from Google is $3.31. Well, for those search terms, I honestly don’t feel that’s to bad considering the millions of search results. However, let’s look a bit deeper.  You don’t want to even attempt to rank on results showing 10K, 100K, 1M or anything even close, unless your pockets are really deep. If you are looking to rank organically, you need to take a different look entirely.

The purpose of this is to show you how your keyword (long tail or short) would do in an ad and how much it would cost you.  I suggest looking for lower monthly searches and lower suggested bids. Now jot down a couple and we move to step two.

Google Keyword Planner

Google Search

Yes, Google.com and type in your search phrases, all 2-3-4 of them that you narrowed down from your chosen topic. Look at the results and the top ranking pages. Now take a look at the suggested searches that are similar. This is usually shown on the right and sometimes at the bottom. Search results for “seo keyword tools” returned 9.5m results. And notice the related searches Google Suggests, a couple of those were on my keyword tool results for a much lower amount.

SEO Google Search Results

Free keyword tools and keyword tools were also in my lower list searches from google keyword too. You can click on the suggested listings. I usually open in a new window and look at the top ranking articles. You should make note of these.  Many times I will copy both relevant suggest searches and top ranking website links I feel will enhance my article to my word document I am using for my article. Now, these suggested searches will come in handy also after step 4 to help your keyword seo traffic. I suggest copying the ones that best suite your keywords. Keep your word document or editor open. You may prefer to just copy them just as placeholders to remind you to use these.

For example, the third one suggested was for “Free SEO Keyword Tool”. When I clicked on it, I was looking for top ranking websites that would compliment this article. Most of theses were for Google Keyword Planner alternatives such as Keywordtool boasting to be the #1 alternative to the Google Keyword tool.

Use the Google tools!

If you are curious, KWTool does show a list of keywords free, but you need the premium account to see the detailed results Google gives you free. This was the case in many of the keyword traffic tools and free seo tools. Google is still the best tool to use and it’s FREE.

 

Free SEO Keyword Tool

Did you notice how I  used those other ranking search suggestions in the copy above? Did you notice how I liked to a top ranking website for those keywords.  Ideally you would link to articles that compliment or give credibility to what you are writing about, For instance if you quoted statistics, you could link to your source.

Now it’s time for the next step:

Buzzsumo

I know you are wondering what’s with all this, I assure you, it all comes together in a couple more steps, Your next step in the five keyword research tools is to Buzzsumo.com.  Buzzumo in short, shows you how popular a topic was by means of social sharing.  Social sharing is important too! Again you will type in your general keyword search that you felt ranked the best for your topic.  By the way, remember, you have it narrowed down to a lower bidding and lower monthly searched term that is still relevant to your topic.

buzzsumo results

In reviewing these results, I look for current articles.  If I were to search Facebook, the most shared article might be – Facebook goes public – which of course is old news. I look at the articles that most fit my search topic. Many times with new articles, they rank high here but haven’t yet on Google. Make note of them and study them, there’s a reason they are there. In the next step I am going to show you why they rank so high with social media. (WOW look at the LinkedIn shares!). Before we do though, let’s take a look at the Buzzsumo results above.

What if you don’t like the results?

Using SEO Keyword Tools, it again was showing alternatives to our Google tool.  I wanted to show credibility for this information and the tools shown in this article.  So I changed up the search a little. Now take a look!

SEO Tools for Keyword Research

Now this is much closer!  SEM Rush, Hubspot and of course WordPress are tremendously high ranking sites no matter what the chosen topic is. In this case, all three were offering valuable information but selling services too.  Infibusiness discusses many of these same tools discussed here as well as link-backs to the ever so popular SEM Rush.

You will now see why these articles are more socially shared that other similar ones.

Advanced Marketing Institute

AMI gives a ranking index to how it thinks your audience will emotionally appeal to your topic.  This is where we start getting clever and learning from our above steps.  The term seo keyword tools was too broad for AMI so I had to add some emotional words.  I tried all types of variations wit SEO Tools & keyword in the title. – IE For Keyword Ranking, For website ranking, Free, Great, Overlooked, the list goes on.

Normally giving a numerical number to a task ranks rather high. For instance 5 Steps to Success rather than Steps to Success.  Emotional words help such as Easy or Free, Play around with different power words and even different order of words. After playing around with a few words, I finally decided the title: Free Keyword Research Tools for SEO, ranking an intellectual AMI score over 83%.

Free Keyword Research Tools for SEO

The search for Free SEO Keyword tools ranked an intellectual emotional score of 100%! So why didn’t I use it?Ever how emotionally responsive my audience might be, it falls back to if they even saw the title.  Chose your keyword phrase where you can rank for the same term.  According to Google “SEO keyword tools” is a broader target market, however it was also a much higher search result and a much higher fee should I run an ad.

Now you are probably curious as to why I didn’t use 5 Free Keyword Research Tools for SEO since most like numerical data.  Simple – it didn’t score as well, but it does rank better in Google’s opinion and Buzzsumo too. Therefore, I include it in my copy … the sentence you just read.

Yoast SEO for Word Press

WOW, the hardest part is done, now to combine everything you just learned into your blog or website to boost your organic SEO results.  This is done using the Yoast SEO WordPress Plugin.  Yoast is not only free but probably the best keyword research tool you can use.  What is it: The number ONE plugin on Word Press Sites for SEO Optimization.   They offer many advance modules and upgrades but for a modest website, the free services are more than you will probably even use. Yoast, IMHO is crazy to offer all the fantastic services they do – FREE of CHARGE!  Click to Tweet it!

In fact, I love Yoast so much, I have several other articles on the services, how and why to use them. Yoast is a total game changer! I am going right to the part of Yoast that fits this article – otherwise it might take you a week to read it.  So here we go.

Install Yoast on your website. For newbies or non tech folks, yes I can do this for you.  Yoast also have many tutorials by them and others across the internet.

Let’s recap what you have learned

Free Keyword Research Tools for SEO has five steps.  Step one, keyword planner gave you topics to choose from for step two. Step two you used Google and saw the results as well as suggested results. (You either copied these to your note pad, editor or left the window open showing them).  In step three you learned to use Buzzsumo for social popularity. Then you learned how to define your power title.

In those four steps, you now have your list of other strong ranking keyword rich search suggestions to help boost your SEO ranking. Some of those you actually use in the copy as I pointed out where I did.

Now You can use what you have learned in Yoast.

Yoast Keyword Tool Aide

The main focus of my article was keyword research tools used in seo.  Since the main Focus Keyword should be repeated through out the document, you don’t want your title to be the focus because it just won’t sound right to repeat it over and over.  Although, this one is upwards in search results (10k-100k), which I don’t recommend, you can use different lower result search words in the SEO Title.  You can use another relevant variation in the Slug.  Remember you are using even more specific keyword results in the copy so ad a couple of those in the Meta Keywords. Notice the use of even more variations of googles suggested searches in the Meta Description.

Finally, make sure all your images also use the alt and attributes tags discussed in other Yoast articles. You are wanting the “all green go” signals. Yoast helps you identify each area of improvement too so no worries.

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keyword seo toolsPS- although I have been doing this for decades, I learned this shorter 5 step process for blogging success from none other than Ray Higdon himself. In Module 9, he shares these and a bit more. What I spent weeks and months learning, his short tutorial has saved me hours of prep work…and boosted by SEO rankings too! As he says ILT – Invest, Learn, Teach.